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An Exhibit Big Enough for Texas Makes a Splash at the Witte Museum This Summer

Katye Brought |

SAN ANTONIO – Did you know that there are over 25 different species of whale in the Gulf of Mexico? For centuries, whales have captured people’s imaginations, and now their tale is coming to San Antonio. Whales: Giants of the Deep brings the world of these immense and complex animals to life through an exploration of the diversity, biology and adaptation. Starting May 27 at the Witte Museum, visitors will to experience the world of whales up close and personal.

“The Witte Museum tells the story of what is now Texas. Visitors to the museum can marvel at everything Texas and so much more,” said Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum. “And now, the adventure expands to the Gulf of Mexico and the oceans where you can learn about whales, and what we can contribute to the Texas whale story,”

Whales: Giants of the Deep dives into San Antonio for an interactive and immersive adventure for the whole family. Explore the latest research about the marine animals from their evolution and biology, to the important role they play in human cultures. The exhibition uses an engaging blend of science and storytelling through innovative and interactive galleries that give visitors the opportunity to discover more about the world of whales and what lives in the ocean’s depths.

Experience the evolution of whales, from land animals to deep ocean creatures. Marvel at the life- size replica of a Blue Whale heart. Visit the Whale Lab to explore the biology of whales and find out about their extraordinary lifestyles and hear the voices of eight different whale species in the Sound Chamber. See authentic, full skeletons of male and female Sperm Whales and learn their stories.

Learn about the legendary South Pacific whale riders whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales. Watch a film on Paikea, whale-riding traditions, in a theater incorporated from the model of a southern right whale head featured in the film Whale Rider. See precious adornments and deadly weapons from New Zealand, Fiji, and the Marquesas Islands, fashioned from large whale bones and teeth.

Whales: Giants of the Deep and Wild Weather open at the Witte Museum on May 27 with special performance by Desert Polynesia, who will celebrate the Maori culture through ancient ceremonial dance rituals. Desert Polynesia will also offer programming throughout the day for visitors of all ages.

Enjoy the full Witte Museum experience for only $20. Experience Whales: Giants of the Deep and Wild Weather at any time during your visit for $25 for an Anytime Ticket. Tickets are available for purchase at www.WitteMuseum.org or at the Sally and Ganahl Walker Admissions Desk.

The Witte will offer public programs throughout the run of Whales: Giants of the Deep. The museum is proud to present a Super Saturday: A Trip to the Sea on June 24 from Noon – 4:00 p.m., Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, June 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. His presentation, There be Whales...in the Gulf of Mexico: Who Knew? is part of the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series. Additionally, a Cocktails and Culture: Whales and Tales on Wednesday, May 31 and Whales pt. 2 on Wednesday, August 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets call 210.357.1900 or visit www.WitteMuseum.org.

Whales: Giants of the Deep is presented by The Will Smith Charitable Foundation and is generously supported by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture. The exhibition was developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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About the Witte Museum

Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park and is San Antonio’s premier museum promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibition, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.